1: Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints
in Christ Jesus who are at Philip'pi, with the bishops and deacons:
2: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
3: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
4: always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer
5: thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day
6: And I am sure that He who began a good work in you will bring
it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
7: It is right for me to feel thus about you all, because I hold
you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my
imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
8: For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the
affection of Christ Jesus.
9: And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more,
with knowledge and all discernment,
10: so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure
and blameless for the day of Christ,
11: filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through
Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
12: I want you to know, brethren, that what has happened to me
has really served to advance the gospel,
13: so that it has become known throughout the whole praetorian
guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ;
14: and most of the brethren have been made confident in the Lord
because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to speak the word of
God without fear.
15: Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others
from good will.
16: The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for
the defense of the gospel;
17: the former proclaim Christ out of partisanship, not sincerely
but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
18: What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in
truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in that I rejoice.
19: Yes, and I shall rejoice. For I know that through your
prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out
for my deliverance,
20: as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at
all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be
honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
21: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22: If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor
for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
23: I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and
be with Christ, for that is far better.
24: But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
25: Convinced of this, I know that I shall remain and continue
with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
26: so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ
Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
27: Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of
Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of
you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by
side for the faith of the gospel,
28: and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a
clear omen to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that
29: For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ
you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake,
30: engaged in the same conflict which you saw and now hear to be
1: So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of
love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
2: complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same
love, being in full accord and of one mind.
3: Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count
others better than yourselves.
4: Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also
to the interests of others.
5: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ
6: who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality
with God a thing to be grasped,
7: but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born
in the likeness of men.
8: And being found in human form He humbled himself and became
obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
9: Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the
name which is above every name,
10: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven
and on earth and under the earth,
11: and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
12: Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not
only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling;
13: for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for His
14: Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
15: that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God
without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among
whom you shine as lights in the world,
16: holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I
may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
17: Even if I am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial
offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
18: Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
19: I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that
I may be cheered by news of you.
20: I have no one like him, who will be genuinely anxious for
21: They all look after their own interests, not those of Jesus
22: But Timothy's worth you know, how as a son with a father He
has served with me in the gospel.
23: I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it
will go with me;
and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself shall come also.
25: I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphrodi'tus my
brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and
minister to my need,
26: for he has been longing for you all, and has been distressed
because you heard that he was ill.
27: Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him,
and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon
28: I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may
rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
29: So receive him in the Lord with all joy; and honor such men,
30: for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life
to complete your service to me.
1: Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same
things to you is not irksome to me, and is safe for you.
2: Look out for the dogs, look out for the evil-workers, look out
for those who mutilate the flesh.
3: For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit,
and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh.
4: Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also.
If any other man thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I
5: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the
tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law a Pharisee,
6: as to zeal a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness
under the law blameless.
7: But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of
8: Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing
worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the
loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain
9: and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own,
based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the
righteousness from God that depends on faith;
10: that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and
may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death,
11: that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12: Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect;
but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His
13: Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but
one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to
what lies ahead,
14: I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call
of God in Christ Jesus.
15: Let those of us who are mature be thus minded; and if in
anything you are otherwise minded, God will reveal that also to you.
16: Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17: Brethren, join in imitating me, and mark those who so live as
you have an example in us.
18: For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even
with tears, live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
19: Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, and they
glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
20: But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a
Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21: who will change our lowly body to be like His glorious body,
by the power which enables Him even to subject all things to himself.
1: Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and
crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
2: I entreat Eu-o'dia and I entreat Syn'tyche to agree in the
3: And I ask you also, true yokefellow, help these women, for
they have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with
Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book
4: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
5: Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand.
6: Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to
7: And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will
keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8: Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of
praise, think about these things.
9: What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
do; and the God of peace will be with you.
10: I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have
revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you
had no opportunity.
11: Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever
state I am, to be content.
12: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and
all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger,
abundance and want.
13: I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.
14: Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.
15: And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of
the gospel, when I left Macedo'nia, no church entered into partnership
with me in giving and receiving except you only;
16: for even in Thessaloni'ca you sent me help once and again.
17: Not that I seek the gift; but I seek the fruit which
increases to your credit.
18: I have received full payment, and more; I am filled, having
received from Epaphrodi'tus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a
sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
19: And my God will supply every need of yours according to His
riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20: To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21: Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with
me greet you.
22: All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's
23: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.